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Summer Diesel Gala – visiting 27001 & Warship D821

Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th August 2019 – 25% off all fares until 31st July!

Featuring visiting Class 27 27001 and Class 42 'Warship' No. D821 'Greyhound'!

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This year we are delighted to welcome Class 27 27001 which is travelling all the way from Scotland to take part in our gala as well as Class 42 'Warship' D821 'Greyhound' which is making its first visit away to another heritage railway from the Severn Valley Railway in over 5yrs.

On Sunday 4th August the two visitors will be taking part in a mileage day, both operating 60 miles in service.

Locomotives taking part:

25% OFF ALL TICKETS PURCHASED ONLINE UNTIL AUGUST 1ST 23:59 – Prices shown online are at full on the day fare, an automatic discount is then applied at the checkout.

Tunbridge Wells West

High Rocks



Driver for a Tenner
At Eridge and Tunbridge Wells West during the gala we have the opportunity available for you to drive a locomotive light engine whilst it is at the station, for full details and the page to book click here.

Fish & Chip Trains
On Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th August we'll be running one of these popular services departing from Tunbridge Wells West. Join the train from 18:00 at Tunbridge Wells West and be shown to your seats. The train will set off for Eridge and complete three return journeys with heritage diesel traction. Whilst on your journey you will enjoy a freshly prepared Fish and Chip supper followed by an ice cream dessert. You can alight at anytime throughout the evening.

Bookings for Dining in the Weald Fish & Chip Suppers for this event can be made online now by clicking here, you can also choose your menu options at the time of booking. The 'Warship' and 27001 will haul these trains on both the Friday & Saturday evenings.

Evening Trains for non-diners
From 17:00 Evening Rover tickets will be available for just £10, this will include travel on all trains from 17:00 to 23:00. If you've already purchased a Rover ticket for that day you will not need to purchase another. D821 and 27001 will work trains alongside 1317 well into the evening.

Are you a locomotive or enthusiasts group and have a sales stand?
If you have a locomotive group sales stand and want the opportunity to raise much needed funds for your project then we are delighted to offer pitches for sales stands at our diesel galas. Just get in touch with our Commerical Manager here and we’ll aim to slot you in, there is no charge for a pitch, we just ask for a donation of around £20. 

A list of local hotels and Bed & Breakfasts where you could potentially stay can be found below:

For further information about Royal Tunbridge Wells and other places to stay as well as things to do please click here for the Visit Royal Tunbridge Wells website

How to find us, click here

Booking information

If you select an e-ticket please ensure you print it off and bring it with you on the day!

All tickets are valid unlimited travel on the Spa Valley Railway on the day of your visit/date shown on ticket. 

Note that a £10 admin fee applies to all booking alterations. Seats are NOT guaranteed.

Click here to view our refund, cancellation and alterations policy

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Fri 02 Aug 2019
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